Audi RS 7 autonomous car sets record on Spanish racetrack

Audi RS 7 autonomous car sets record on Spanish racetrack

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
23 Nov 2015

At its second race course appearance this year in Sonoma, California, Audi trimmed the weight-reduced RS 7 for even higher performance. “Under challenging conditions on various international race courses, we are acquiring important experience in tuning our piloted functions at performance limits. Of course, this benefits development of our production assistance systems such as collision avoidance assist in the new Audi A4,” says Thomas Müller, who is responsible for the development of braking, steering and driver assistance systems at Audi. “Each race track is different and presents new challenges for us. We use the knowledge we gain to enhance the robustness and performance of our test vehicle.”

In October 2014, an RS 7 with the project name “Bobby” completed a driverless lap of the Hockenheimring at speeds of up to 240 km/h. This current car is named “Robby,” and is powered by a 4.0 TFSI V8 biturbo engine generating 560 hp. Robby is about 400 kg lighter than the previous model.

The piloted car controls all driving functions – be it braking, steering or accelerating, they are fully automated and executed with high precision. Audi is also testing piloted driving in the challenging situation of real road traffic. In early 2015, “Jack” – an Audi A7 piloted driving concept car – autonomously drove the 900 km route from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas.

The development work, which includes driving on a very wide array of testing grounds, is yielding valuable knowledge for series-production systems – from sensor technology and data processing to vehicle control and stabilization.

Audi technologies for piloted driving stand for the principles of safety, time savings, efficiency and convenience. The systems can make a valuable contribution toward safety, especially when the driver is overwhelmed or underwhelmed by driving tasks. When used to temporarily assume driving tasks, the predictive technology makes driving more efficient, reduces stress and enhances comfort. In addition, it gives drivers greater freedom for organizing their time in the car. Piloted driving will make its production debut in the next generation of the luxury-class sedan, the Audi A8. The systems can assume driving tasks during parking or in stop-and-go traffic on freeways at speeds of up to 60 km/h.

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